Paul Ashton BA (Hons) Principal Consultant
Having joined KKP in 2013 Paul has already accumulated extensive experience in the management and delivery of PPS assignments and a range of associated research and evaluation processes. A graduate of the University of Cumbria, Paul studied Coaching and Sport Performance in Lancaster where he was actively involved in several sports within the University and local community.
He manages PPS needs assessments and strategies; orchestrating assignments, heading up consultation and client liaison and making optimum use of his own, excellent, personal knowledge and experience of local authority provision, schools, community sports, clubs and NGBs.
Having had extensive experience and interaction with clubs Paul is able to empathise and identify with the organisational issues in question, as well as those concerning facilities provision and development. He is an expert in issues surrounding grass pitch and 3G FTP/AGP provision, surface quality and suitability of changing and surrounding facilities. He also is also very well-versed in the issues, value and importance of private sector small-sided football provision
He was a key part of the team which delivered the FA National Football Facilities Strategy: Local Football Development Plans and the Wales Cricket Facilities Strategy. He is an expert in issues related to surface quality and suitability of changing and surrounding facilities.
Before joining KKP, Paul held positions in the leisure, health and fitness sectors all of which allowed him to hone his skills, combined with his sporting background, setting him up perfectly to provide high quality, professional consultancy work in the sporting arena. An experienced amateur sportsman, Paul has played cricket and football to a high standard and currently plays and coaches rugby league at his local club.
He is also an evaluation specialist and has, working in Northern Ireland, visited clubs across 15 different sports assessing their compliance with, approach to and the benefits gained from their Clubmark NI accreditation. This work has been combined with the conduct of a range of assessment interviews to evaluate the impact of the Sport Northern Ireland Active Communities initiative.
Paul thrives in a team environment and his people orientated approach supplements his analysis and problem-solving abilities. He is a self-motivated individual, comfortable and competent in working to deadlines, able to solve problems on his own or in collaboration. Paul builds and maintains excellent working relationships, leading to high quality data, insight, analysis and recommendations.
- Playing pitch strategies
- Open space, sport and recreation assessments
- Community consultation